The Bernard van Leer Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promote more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.
Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation
Newly published by Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA),(pdf) provides valuable current context for the work of our Tanzanian partners.
The Adam Institute's Building Blocks of Democracy project on introducing democracy to the kindergarten featured recently in a Hebrew-language . An English language (pdf) is also available.
The latest in the foundation's working paper series, Early childhood transitions research: A review of concepts, theory, and practice by Pia Vogler, Gina Crivello and Martin Woodhead is now available.
This ten-minute video shows children enjoying the facilities at the newly-opened kindergarten of our partner Marcaz Beth Jacob in Israel.
The Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce that Monique van 't Hek will serve as interim Executive Director after Peter Laugharn's departure as Executive Director in July 2008. Ms Van 't Hek, who has broad experience in managing non-profit and international development organisations, has already started working alongside Peter Laugharn in order to ensure a smooth transition. She will head the foundation until January 2009, when a new Executive Director is expected to take the helm.
Foundation partner the Maasai AIDS Awareness Programme, which implements the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Care and Support project in the Kaijado district of Kenya, has a new giving details of their activities.
The latest edition of the foundation's journal, Early Childhood Matters, tackles the complex topic of what constitutes quality in early childhood programmes and how such programmes can lay the foundations for quality primary education.
Foundation partnerhas produced a (pdf) entitled Young children and their services: developing a European approach which aims to stimulate a democratic dialogue about the need for a Europe-wide political approach to services for young children.